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Written on February 13, 2013 at 9:16 am, by Christine
Bonnie Lively, our rep in the Pacific North West, knit this fair isle out of Encore Worsted for her new grandson, Coy. He’s pretty adorable ( 9 months) and so is the sweater. Graphics were partly invented and partly taken from XRX publication Babies and Toddlers, A Knitter’s Dozen, Fair Isle Fun,
designed by Mags Kandis.
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Written on February 1, 2013 at 10:46 am, by Allison
The TNNA show is just about to be under way in beautiful Long Beach, CA. Stop by our booths to meet some of our team. I am sitting in my office, it’s about 30 degrees out and we are having an icy, snowy mix. There isn’t any sunshine in the forecast for days. I see that Long Beach is looking at 72 degrees and sun for today. Am I angry? No. Bitter? Well, no, but I am bitter cold. Jealous? Maybe, just a little. I have decided to work through my frustrations. It could be your lucky day in the While The Boss is Away at TNNA Giveaway! I have a Cleo kit to giveaway like the one in this picture. *Color may vary
This kit includes everything you need to create this masterpiece.
One winner will be picked at random from one of our social media spots. Like, share or comment on our facebook page. Tell @PlymouthYarn what you like to do when #thebossisaway on Twitter, repin us on Pinterest. Blog comments are not included as “entries” at this time and are disabled. I’ll be watching all of them because, well, the boss is away! Winner will be announced February 8th.
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Written on January 23, 2013 at 4:22 pm, by Cia
Written on January 12th, 2013 by Cia
PHEW! The holidays are over, the pressure to knit something for everyone and their dog is over. And all of the decorations are put away (well most of them-do you find a straggler when you move about the house-like one over the mirror? Maybe its a sign I should keep it up…)
Now let’s all sit back and figure out a project just for yourself…I KNOW! Take that cash you got from Aunt Anne and Uncle Loren and go buy yourself a skein of Plymouth’s Royal Cashmere.
One skein and you can make this simple but very decadent cowl. Feather and Fan design at its most basic!
View as a pdf
Materials: Royal Cashmere-1 hank, 100 gm shown in color# 7531
Gauge: 14 and 28 rows in Feather and Fan =4”on US size 9 circular needle, or size to obtain gauge.
Needles: US size 9, 16’ circular, 1 stitch marker.
Feather and Fan Stitch (multiples of 12 sts)
Round 1: Knit
Round 2: [k2tog]2 times, *[yo, k1] 4 times, [k2tog] 4 times; rep from * to last 8 sts, [yo, k1] 4 times, [k2tog] 2 times.
Round 3: Purl
Round 4: Knit
Repeat rounds 1-4 to complete pattern stitch.
Loosely cast on 72 sts. Place marker and join being careful not to twist the stitches.
When piece measures approximately 9” end on a round 4 or 1.
Bind off as if to purl.
Weave in all ends.
©2012 Plymouth Yarn Company. 122812cab
Written on January 9, 2013 at 3:49 pm, by Allison
For those of you that follow my knitting adventures, you may have noticed I’ve been quiet on the blog front lately. Lucky for me, I have many partners in crime who have great things to tell you about. But I figured it was time to fess up about my silence. I have been plagued with a knitter and blogger’s public enemy number one….carpal tunnel! It seems to be a flare up that doesn’t want to be extinguished. It all came to a head in September when I sat down with my Christmas knitting plans and tried to start my projects. My cast on to straight needles was okay but before I got to the second row my hands were numb. I shook them out and went again, this time after just a couple more stitches, pain and numbness. I only managed to get about 6 inches done on my scarf that first night. Each night thereafter was the same story. Talk about a labor of love. Even now when I look at the scarf that never became a gift, it makes my hands hurt.
Due to this problem, this was the first Christmas in at least a decade that everyone did not get a little homemade gift from me. Christmas just wasn’t the same. I had hoped the break in knitting would help improve the hands but here I am, typing with numb fingers (please excuse my spelling errors!)
I have found some good tips online and in a few spots so I don’t have to give up my favorite hobby altogether. I sleep in some very unattractive braces, they look like I can bowl a strike in my sleep. Knitting with them on is difficult too as some of the yarns get stuck in the Velcro.
Some folks suggested using circular needles and bulky yarns. This is a great idea! I have tried it and using these along with Advil, I can knit a bit more. My doctor is sending me for what I like like to call “the zapper test” and hopefully with some exercises and physical therapy and I once again blog about my knitting adventures.
Knitty.com blog about this syndrome and arthritis.
I have seen that so many of you are suffering with the same problems and wanted to share some of the links I have found to help ease the stress on your hands and wrists while doing your needlework. Hopefully I will be back up to snuff soon. Have you seen some of these new yarns????
I am dying here not being able to play with them like I usually do.
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Written on December 14, 2012 at 8:30 am, by Vanessa
Ask any knitter, crocheter, or crafter; the time for quick, last minute gifts is upon us. I’m definitely feeling the pressure!
Many of my friends are having babies, so luckily these gifts tend to be for the little ones. Anyone who has crocheted and knitted can tell you that crocheting is quicker than knitting in most regards.
My popcorn baby hat is crocheted in Dreambaby DK. It is a great gift for the babies in your life, and you’ll be happy to know it can be made lickety-split! Enjoy–Vanessa
To Fit Size: 0-3, (6-12, 18-24) months
Approx. Hat Circumference: 14 ½”, (16, 18)
Plymouth Dreambaby DK:
1, (1, 2)—50G balls, color 137 Brown
Gauge: 17sts, 20 rows = 4” on size US G crochet hook in single crochet (sc),
16 sts in popcorn stitch= 3 ½” on size US G hook.
Needles: Size US G crochet hook, stitch marker
Pattern is written for smallest size, with larger sizes in parenthesis. If only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. Use a marker to help mark the beginning of the round(s).
Begin (starting at the top)
Ch 5. Join with a sl stitch to form a ring.
(OR use the magic loop method to make 11 sc-
http://www.planetjune.com/blog/tutorials/magic-ring-right-handed/ if using this method, skip to round 2)
Round 1: work 11 sc in ring. (11 sc)
Round 2: Work 2 sc in each sc across round to last st, sc in last st. (21 sc)
Round 3: work 1 sc in each sc round. (21 sc)
Round 4: *work 1 sc in each of next 2 sts, work 2 sc in next st; rep from * 6 times more. (28 sc)
Round 5: *1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * 6 times more. (35 sc)
Round 6: *1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * 6 times more. (42 sc)
Round 7: *1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * 6 times more. (49 sc)
Round 8: *1 sc in each of the next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * 6 times more. (56 sc)
Round 9: *1 sc in each of the next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * 6 times more (63 sc)
0-3 Month size only:
Round 10: 1 sc in each of the next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc to end of round. (64 sc)
6-12 Month and 12-18 Month Size Only:
Round 10: *1 sc in each of the next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * 6 times more. (70 sc)
6-12 Month Size Only:
Round 11: (1 sc in each of the next 9 sts, 2 sc in next st)2x, sc to end of round. (72 sts)
18-24 Month Size Only:
Round 11: *1 sc in each of the next 9 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * 6 times more. (79 sc)
Round 12: 1 sc in each of the next 10 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc to end of round. (80 sc)
Next Round: sc in every sc around. (64, (72, 80) sc)
Begin Popcorn Stitch
Round 1: *work 5 dc in next sc, drop the loop from your hook, insert your hook from front to back under the top 2 loops of the first dc of the group, grab the dropped loop and pull it through the stitch (1 popcorn made), sc in next 3 sts; rep from * around. (16, (18, 20) popcorn sts)
Round 2: sc in every stitch around (popcorn st counts as 1 sc). (64, (72, 80) sc)
Round 3: *2 sc in next 2 sts, work popcorn stitch (work 5 dc in next sc, drop the loop from your hook, insert your hook from front to back under the top 2 loops of the first dc of the group, grab the dropped loop and pull it through the stitch (1 popcorn made), 1 sc in next st; rep from * around. (16, (18, 20) popcorn sts)
Round 4: sc in every stitch around (popcorn st counts as 1 sc). (64, (72, 80) sc)
Repeat the last 4 rounds for popcorn pattern.
When hat measures 3”, (3 ½, 4 ¼) from beginning of popcorn stitch, end having worked a sc round. (Approximately 8, (9, 11) layers of popcorn will have been made). Work 4 rounds of sc. Work 1 round of backward crochet firmly. Cut yarn, fasten off, and weave in all ends.
©2012 Plymouth Yarn Company. 121212vle
ABBREVIATIONS: ch= chain, dc= double crochet, dec = decrease, inc = increase, M= marker, RS= right side, sc= single crochet, sl = slip, st(s) = stitch(es), tbl = through back loop, tog = together, WS = Wrong Side, yo = yarn over, wyif = with yarn in front, wyib = with yarn in back
Written on December 7, 2012 at 10:13 am, by Allison
I’m sure everyone is busy with trimming, blocking, weaving ends in, and joining their seams by now. Knitters and crocheters never wait until December to make gifts…..right? HA!
So my mom’s shawl is made as well as the socks for my brother but here I am, December 7th, just remembering all the folks I forgot. It’s easy to overlook when our days are so hectic. I have so many people in my life who’s small actions make things run smoothly. Of course I remember my son’s teacher, but there’s the really sweet, part-time aide who always saves him a chocolate milk at lunch. If you’re a mom, you know it’s important to have people be good to your kids. The holidays are the perfect time to let them know how special they are.
This is where I thank my lucky starts for our line of ruffle yarns! One night, one skein in most cases, one aide remembered! I wanted to share some links for the patterns I’ll be using from Ravelry. Call your yarn shop and get a ball today!
and for the men in your life, a neck warmer published by Knitty Keen…
Encore Worsted Neck Warmer
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Written on November 30, 2012 at 8:30 am, by Allison
Check out the upcoming issue of Interweave Crochet Winter 2012/2013, online edition release date is November 30th and you will see it on newsstands December 18th.
On the cover, you will see the Ghost Cone Scarf by Sue Perez using Grignasco Champagne: #306, 6 skeins. Champagne is 75% pure new extrafine superwash merino wool and 25% mulberry silk. It’s 100% gorgeous and elegant, it’s the perfect yarn for this project.
Call your yarn shop today to reserve your copy and to see the beautiful line of Grignasco yarns available.
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Written on November 29, 2012 at 8:30 am, by Cia
Winter is coming!
I haven’t lived in these climates since 1994 when my husband and I packed up the kids and moved south! BRRR! This little headband or neckwarmer is a fun little 1-2 hour project made with Grignasco’s Camel Hair. You can actually make 2 from the 2 balls of yarn-obviously they are mirror images of colorway, but hey! You get 2 out of it.
I also see this as a nice and easy way to test your skills on Fair Isle or 2 color knitting. You only have 13 rows to deal with changing colors, and you are working in the round. No need to struggle with your tension expertise on that purl row!
Have fun with picking color combos, and get some holiday gifts done in the meantime.
Enjoy! CiaPattern F479
Approx. Finished Measurements: 21” x 4.5”
Materials: Grignasco Camel Hair
2 balls (1 ball of Main Color, and 1 ball of Contrasting Color)
Gauge: 18 sts = 4” in Stockinette Stitch on size 8 needles
Needles: Size US 8 (16”) circular knitting needle,
(1) Stitch Marker, Tapestry Needle.
With Main Color (MC), loosely cast on 96 sts. Join in the round making sure to not twist the sts.
Place marker to indicate beginning. Knit 8 rounds.
Row 9: With MC and Contrasting Color (CC) Beg motif following chart working MC and CC colors as indicated on the graph.
When 13 rows of graph have been completed, work 8 rounds with MC. Bind off loosely.
Weave in all ends.
KEY (Repeat 15 sts x 13 rows)
Black Square =Main Color
White Square=Contrasting Color
Start with St # 1 and repeat between St # 2 and St # 16.
©2012 Plymouth Yarn Company. 110412cab
Written on November 19, 2012 at 10:34 am, by Heidi
A Cabled Cravat, “what’s Thot?”, you say. It makes a great looking neckwarmer, that’s Whot. I don’t know why I haven’t made this before. It only takes one skein, a couple of hours, and when you are finished, you will notice it was not boring! Lots of fun for the knitter, and even more for the recipient. I am thinking of making one in every color I can find, plus Baby Alpaca Hand Dye, Tweed, Glow or the newest variety Baby Alpaca Grande Hues.
Written on November 15, 2012 at 8:30 am, by Vanessa
Oversized knits are everywhere! Large sweaters and shrugs don’t need to be heavy. Soft, billowy yarns and stitches have been gracing the runways for several seasons. Plymouth Baby Alpaca Aire is a chainette constructed, 100% baby alpaca yarn; all the warmth and loft but no heft. Most of the colors are in heathered tones, making them easy to mix and match with many colors in your wardrobe. My shrug and slouch hat are made in a simple Brioche stitch. The shrug is basically a rectangle with armholes; the only shaping (with short rows) is at the collar.
With our blistery fall in full swing, it is a nice time to cozy up to your knitting! –Vanessa
Hat Circumference: 21 ½”, (22 ½)
Shrug to Fit Ladies: S/M, (L/XL)
Shrug from sleeve to sleeve: 46”, (50)
Baby Alpaca Aire:
2, (2)—100G balls, color 5011 for Hat
6, (7)—100G balls, color 5011 for Shrug
Gauge: 16 sts, 24 rows= 4” in st st on size 9, 3.75 sts= 1” in brioche stitch on size 9.
Needles: US size 9 straight needles and long circular (for collar of shrug) and short circular (for hat rib), 4 stitch markers.
Brioche Stitch (Multiple of 2 sts)
Note: Work slip sts with yarn in back.
Row 1 (WS): *k1, yo, sl1; rep from * across.
Row 2: k1, *sl the yo st, k2; rep from *, ending with sl yo st, k1.
Row 3: *yo, sl1, k2tog, (the yo st and the next st); rep from * across.
Row 4: *k2, sl the yo st; rep from * across.
Row 5: *k2tog (the yo st and the next st), yo, sl1; rep from * across.
Row 6: k1, *sl the yo st, k2; rep from *, ending with sl yo st, k1.
Repeat rows 3-6 for pattern.
Pattern is written for smallest size, with larger size in parenthesis. If only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.
Cast on 80, (84) sts.
Work in Brioche stitch for 7”, (7½), end having worked a WS Row.
(There will actually be 120, (126) strands of yarn on top of the needle in brioche stitch; this is ok!)
Next Row (RS): *k1, k2tog; rep from * across. 80, (84) sts.
Row 1: pf&b, p to end of row. 81, (85) sts.
Row 2: k1, *k2 sts, k2tog; rep from * across. 61, (64) sts.
Row 3 and all WS Rows: purl all sts.
Row 4: k1, *k1 sts, k2tog; rep from * across. 41, (43) sts.
Row 6: k1, *k2tog; rep from * across. 21, (22) sts.
Row 8: k1, (2), *k2tog; rep from * across. 11, (12) sts.
Cut yarn, leaving a tail for seaming, and draw through remaining sts. Sew the side seam of the hat.
Rib band: With size 9 short circular, pick up and knit 72, (76) sts along the cast on edge of the hat. Pm and join in the round.
Rib Round: *k1tbl, p1; rep from * around. Repeat this round 6 times more. Bind off all sts in rib.
Weave in all ends.
Cast on 74 sts. Work in 2×2 ribbing for 2 ½”, end having worked a RS Row.
(WS) Cast on 12, (22) sts, k across 74 sts, decreasing 4 sts evenly across ribbing. 82, (92) sts.
(RS) Cast on 12, (22) sts, purl to end of row.
94, (114) sts.
Begin working in Brioche stitch.
(There will actually be 141, 171) strands of yarn on top of the needle in brioche stitch, this is ok!)
When Brioche stitch measures 41”, (45), end having worked a WS Row.
(RS): *k1, k2tog; rep from * across. 94, (114) sts on needle.
(WS): Bind off 12, (22) sts, knit to end of row.
(RS): Bind off 12, (22) sts, purl to end of row. 70 sts.
Work in 2×2 ribbing for 2 ½”, increasing 4 sts evenly across first row. Bind off all sts.
Fold the shrug in half and sew the 12, (22) stitch cast on edges of the shrug together with the side edge of the 2 ½” garter band. Repeat this for the other side, where the bind off edges are.
Collar: With RS facing and long circular, start at one of the sleeve seams and pick up and knit 164, (180) sts along the side edge of the shrug to the other sleeve seam, pm for side seam, pick up and knit 164, (180) sts along the other side edge of the shrug, placing a marker on both sides of the center 44 sts (this will mark the back neck), PM to mark beginning of round/side seam. 328, (360) sts.
Work in 2×2 ribbing for 6 rounds.
Next Round: Rib to third marker, turn.
Next Round: Rib to next marker, turn.
Next 2 Rounds: Rib to next marker, remove marker, rib 3 sts, replace marker, turn.
Repeat the last 2 rounds until you reach the side seam markers. Then, work across all sts as before in the round, removing the back neck markers.
Work 7 more rounds in ribbing.
Bind off Round: k2, slip these 2 sts back onto the left hand needle and *k2tog through the back loop, slip the new stitch back onto the left hand needle; rep from * around. Cut yarn and weave in all ends.
©2012 Plymouth Yarn Company. 100112vle
ABBREVIATIONS: dec = decrease, inc = increase, k = knit, k2tog = knit two together, m1= make one, pf&b= purl into the front and back of stitch, pm= place marker, psso = pass slip stitch over, p = purl, RS= right side, sl = slip, SSK = slip 1 st as if to knit, slip a second st as if to knit, knit them together through the back loop, st(s) = stitch(es), st st = stockinette st, tbl = through back loop, tog = together, WS = Wrong Side, yo = yarn over, wyif = with yarn in front, wyib = with yarn in back